The firm has been in business in Eureka since 1945, commencing under the name of Mitchell & Henderson.  Clifford B. Mitchell, the son of one of the firm’s founders, Emery Mitchell, was born July 20, 1927 and passed away in 2010.    He earned his undergraduate degree at Humboldt State College and Stanford University (A.B., 1950) and graduated from Stanford Law School (J.D., 1953).  During law school, he served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review.  He was a member and past Director of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California; a member of American College of Trial Lawyers, Association of Insurance Attorneys, and American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate).

Partners

PAUL A. BRISSO has been with the firm since 1979.  Undergraduate degree at California State University, Humboldt (B.A., magna cum laude 1973).  Attended University of the Pacific,  McGeorge School of Law and graduated with great distinction (J.D., 1978).  Served one year as judicial attorney to Justice George N. Zenovich, California Fifth District Court of Appeal, 1978-1979.  Member and former Director of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.   Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.  Rated as an “av” attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.  Named by San Francisco Magazine as one of Northern California’s top five percent “Super Lawyers” each year 2005 through 2014.  Member: American Board of Trial Advocates, Defense Research Institute, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Humboldt County Bar Association (former president), State Bar of California.  Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation Defense, including: Public Entity Defense; Personal Injury; Insurance Defense; Construction Defect; Wrongful Termination; Products Liability; Municipal and Public Entity Law; Real Estate; Professional Errors and Omission Defense; Contract; and Commercial Litigation. E-mail: pbrisso@mitchelllawfirm.com

NANCY K. DELANEY has been with the firm since 1976.  Undergraduate and Masters degrees at Humboldt State University (A.B., 1972; M.A., 1973).  Graduated from Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1976).  Member: Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, American Board of Trial Advocates, State Bar of California, Humboldt County Bar Association. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Estate Planning and Probate; Personal Injury; Insurance Defense; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense; Municipal Law; Medical malpractice.  E-mail: ndelaney@mitchelllawfirm.com
                                                                                               
JOHN M. VRIEZE has been with the firm since 1984.  Undergraduate degree at University of Miami (B.S., cum laude 1974).  Masters degree at Humboldt State University (M.A., 1980).  Graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 1984).  2012 President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada and past member of the Board of Directors from 2006-2013.  Memberships: Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, DRI – the voice of the defense bar, Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California.  Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Insurance Defense; Personal Injury; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense; Professional Errors and Omission Defense; Real Estate Litigation; Commercial Litigation. E-mail: jvrieze@mitchelllawfirm.com

WILLIAM F. MITCHELL joined the firm in November 1991.  Undergraduate degree at Occidental College (B.A., 1985).  Graduated from Santa Clara School of Law (J.D., 1991).  Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, State Bar of California, Humboldt County Bar Association.  Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Insurance Defense; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense. E-mail: wmitchell@mitchelllawfirm.com

RUSSELL S. GANS joined the firm in September 1996.  Undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College of California (B.A., cum laude 1992, Honor Society Inductee and Recipient of the Henry George Award for outstanding scholarship as a history major).  Graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 1996).  While in law school, served as an Associate Editor (1994-1995) and as Business Editor (1995-1996) of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Recipient of Certificate of Environmental Law and Litigation.  Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, State Bar of California, Humboldt County Bar Association.  Practice Areas: General Civil and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Business Representation and Municipal and Public Entity Law.  E-mail: rgans@mitchelllawfirm.com

NICHOLAS R. KLOEPPEL joined the firm in June 1997.  Undergraduate degree at University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1992).  Graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1996).  Inductee of Roger J. Traynor Honor Society for academic excellence.  Recipient of Certificate of Government Affairs.  Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, State Bar of California, Humboldt County Bar Association. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Civil Rights Litigation, Public Entity Defense, Real Estate, Employment Law, Business Representation.  E-mail: nkloeppel@mitchelllawfirm.com

Associates

RYAN T. PLOTZ has been with the firm since January, 2014. Undergraduate degree at San Jose State University (B.A., cum laude 2009, Dean’s Scholar and Honor Society Inductee). Graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Law (J.D., 2013). Recipient of Certificate in Public Service, Pro Bono Award, Witkin Award for top grade in Property Law and Legal Writing and Research, CALI Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure and Criminal Law. Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, State Bar of California, and the Humboldt County Bar Association. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance Defense, Public Entity Defense and Municipal Law. E-mail: rplotz@mitchelllawfirm.com

AMY A. HUNT joined the firm in December, 2014. Undergraduate degree at University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., 2007). Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) (J.D., 2011). Recipient of the Prosser Prize (high honors) for Remedies and honors in Torts and Family Law. Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, State Bar of California, Humboldt County Bar Association. Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Probate; General Civil Litigation; Insurance Defense; Personal Injury; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense; Municipal Law. E-mail: ahunt@mitchelllawfirm.com

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